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I Pick You / Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

© Sharon Boswall

Woke up to a thermometer sitting at zero this morning after a few days where we hit upper 30sC with the Humidex.  Typical Montréal!  As we say – “if you don’t like the weather, stick around for five minutes”.  It’s the long Victoria Day weekend - or, as it is referred to here in la Belle Province,  “Journée des Patriotes”. I am not so much concerned about patriotes as I am about my patio pots and these little lovelies, along with the fab Felicia, are another favourite choice for blooms all through the summer – Osteospermum – such an unpretty name for someone with irresistible blue eyes like those – I much prefer Cape Marguerite.  Don’t you?

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…as if I had wings… © Sharon Boswall

“I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” (Mary Oliver ~ Owls and Other Fantasies). 

This weekend is the last for the annual Papillons en Liberté exhibit at our Botanical Gardens and I hope to get a chance to visit.  I usually get there much earlier than this (I had a hard time finding a charger for my camera’s battery)  so I am afraid there will not be too many different species of butterflies and the greater number of them will be Paper Kites (a.k.a. Rice Paper) like the one in the last photo in this trio. I don’t really mind… it’s not just about the photos but also very much about the experience and being that close to such beautiful and fragile little creatures.  Cannot help but wonder what they think of us - probably not as excited to see us as we are them!

Planet Astrantia

© Sharon Boswall

The beautiful weirdo in my garden… sure looks pretty… smell pretty you ask?  Not so much!!  Astrantia is also known as Masterwort – yeah, sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter doesn’t it?  Well, according to Wikipedia / Astrantia, the stems, rhizomes and dried leaves CAN be used for medicinal purposes but, if it tastes anything like it smells, I will pass thank you!

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What’s Your Point? / Why So Intense? / Sunny Daze

© Sharon Boswall

More coneflowers from the garden - aside from the fact that they are lovely to look at In all their many varieties is the fact that I never know what result I will get with the sun shining through the fence - the light patterns are always interesting.  I have two different types of fences in the back yard… one is the typical frost type fence and the other is your standard six footer (what can I say, some neighbours are more tolerable than others) so yes, the light pattern and effect is sometimes as lovely as the flowers themselves!  Just sayin’.

Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art (1940)

Curated by three of Mexico’s leading art historians along with the painter Miguel Covarrubias, “Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art” had originally been intended for a French museum, but was rerouted to New York due to the risk posed by shipping precious artworks by sea during World War II. This unparalleled exhibition featured some 5,000 examples of ancient, colonial, folk, and modern Mexican art. It filled the entire Museum and even extended into the courtyard, where MoMA staged an open-air Mexican market with stalls selling ceramics, leather goods, and other crafts, flanked by a series of giant pre-colonial statues. Perhaps the central attraction of this lush presentation was the presence of muralist José Clemente Orozco, who worked over a period of 10 days on the 9 x 18" fresco Dive Bomber and Tank as crowds watched. The exhibition has a lasting legacy at MoMA: among its holdings of Mexican modernism are works by 54 of the artists represented.

See out-of-print catalogues, music brochures, images of the installation, and more at mo.ma/2q2zDPp. 34 of #52exhibitions #MoMAhistory #tbt

[José Clemente Orozco with his fresco “Dive Bomber and Tank,” commissioned by MoMA during the exhibition “Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art,” May 15–September 30, 1940. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.]

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Let’s Keep in Touch © Sharon Boswall

A pretty Golden Birdwing which just kept fluttering and fluttering and I just kept trying and trying… more Spring showers today (and until Friday if you don’t mind) but it’s May already so how about some of those promised Spring flowers?  Hope everyone has a superior week… at both work and play… xo

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PostCard From the Edge (of Balconville) / You Glow Girl

© Sharon Boswall

This weekend I will prepare my patio pots and fill them with a variety of annuals for that instant pop of colour to appease me until all my perennials start bringing their own colours later in the summer.  Top of my list every year is this little lovely, Felicia amelloides, which is a soft shade of blue but, more often than not, photographs kinda purple-ish and well,  sometimes it just glows … much as I do in the summer heat.  And speaking of heat.. it was a crazy 34C with the Humidex today… in May, I tell ya, May!!  

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California KHA 170 © Sharon Boswall

How FAR would you GO??  Ohhh, you like what I did there? Okay, never mind then… would the owner of California plate KHA 170 please report to the garden centre so we can  prune your front grill… talk about driving “green”.  The title of this submission (Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal) from the California Polytechnic State Univeristy in San Luis Obispo was: Farmers: The People Who Feed the World.